Crayola Kids

Common Sense Media says

Wonderful site with lots of rainy-day fun!

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Craft projects recommend Crayola products, of course!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's something for the whole family at this site, from the youngest scribblers to the most skilled designers. One problem with a site this large is that it tries to do too many things at the same time. It's a little too easy to get off the kid's area and into the parents' and educators' sections. That's not a problem, content-wise, but kids will definitely like their area best. Crayola also owns the domain CrayolaKids.com -- they might think about spinning that site off on its own.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • innovation
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

There's something for the whole family, from the youngest scribblers to the most skilled designers, on this fun and colorful site. Young artists will find enough good content here to play for quite a while.

Learning Approach

Kids are empowered to use their imaginations and blend their own photos with adaptable online tools to make new digital creations.

Support

There's a huge bag of craft ideas with clear directions, plus suggested books and videos to go along with each project. Families can find lots of ideas and opportunities for spending time together both online and offline.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • innovation
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Kids can learn about coloring and mixing media forms to create art online. The activities on CRAYOLA KIDS (some require in-store purchases to use on the site), can help kids learn how imagination coupled with online tools produces unique creations. For example, kids can upload a photo of themselves, then the site matches it with an image of a cartoon character to form a new coloring page. Kids also learn about color, crafts, and a little bit of social networking. While some activities aren't as good as others (and some don't work at all), there's enough good content here for young artists to play for quite a while.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

According to the Crayola site, every year U.S. kids spend 6.3 million hours coloring. Crayola wants to encourage kids to spend even more time in this offline activity. Their website gives families lots of ideas and opportunities to spend time together both online and offline. It includes a large searchable database of projects, lesson plans for educators, and engaging games for everyone.

Is it any good?

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Some of the games might be a little tricky for the youngest players. For example, in "Rainbow, the Spouting Trout," one child might be assigned to select the correct color while another is tasked with aiming the fish's spout. But the whole family will enjoy playing with the "Fireworks Spectacular" tool. Select from a palette of fireworks and arrange them on an event timeline. Then start the show and watch your pyrotechnic choreography light up the sky.

Most of the games allow players to print the resulting images, so they can be colored (with Crayola crayons, of course!). There's also a huge ditty bag of craft ideas, with clear directions, plus suggested books and videos to go along with each project. We do miss the detailed tour of How a Crayon Is Made that used to be on the site. There's a stripped-down version, but it serves mostly as a teaser to attract visitors to the Crayola Factory destination in Easton, Pa.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which games and activities kids like best and why.

  • Which is more fun: coloring online or coloring on paper?

  • Do you like filling in coloring books or drawing your own pictures from scratch? What are you favorite crayon colors?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old March 1, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Inappropriate for kids Age 2 And Under.

1-2 year olds can't go on Crayola Kids because it's got Too much violence, Too much swearing and Too much drinking/drugs/smoking. Please let kids who ages are 1-2 cover their eyes because it's Inappropriate for kids 1-2.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old September 20, 2010
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

perfect for all ages

I like this website beause it gives my child education and hand eye coordination
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old July 11, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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